Postdoctoral Fellowships

NSF: National Science Foundation and STEM-Related Opportunities

Many programs and directorates within the National Science Foundation offer postdoctoral fellowships. For a general list click here

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF
  • Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF
  • Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
  • Earth Institute Columbia University (EICU)
  • Earth Science Data Systems, Raskin Scholarship
  • Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSFRF
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (NSF-PRFB
  • Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF
  • The Peking University (PKU) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis International (IIASA)

NIH: National Institutes of Health

  • NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (NIH-F32)
  • International Research Fellowships (for qualified non-immigrant foreign scientists) (NIH-F05
  • Pathway to Independence Award (NIH-K99/R00)

Other Government Agencies

Humanities & Social Sciences

Fullbright U.S. Scholar Program for Postdocs

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers early career and postdoctoral awards to American citizens who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within five previous years. To learn more, visit

The Fulbright Scholar Program presents excellent opportunities for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources, and to make connections with others in their fields, all while serving as cultural ambassadors and meeting the public diplomacy intent of the Fulbright Program – to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  To learn more, visit the Fulbright postdoctoral fellowships webpageCatalog of Awards, or contact

Review detailed application guidelines and review criteria. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Start an application today! Please contact Fulbright with any questions. Their staff is happy to answer any questions regarding any of the opportunities listed above or the Fulbright Scholar Program in general.

Contact Emily Kotay, Fulbright Scholar Liaison in Research Development Services in RII, for more specific information at


Many foundations and associations offer postdoctoral funding. Some examples are listed below, but this list below is by no means comprehensive. Please use the searchable databases listed above to find more opportunities.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships: Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global StewardshipAAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (FORD): Funding from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Trialect IncOpportunities For Health Professionals 
  • Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program (IC)
    • Funded primarily by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Government Laboratories
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Grants (NARSAD
    • For postdocs working on any psychiatric illnesses
  • Guggenheim Foundation Research Grant (GUGGENHEIM)
    • Natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. 
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship (NAEd/Spencer):
    • Supports up to 30 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research.